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Camper Van Rental

 

We can outfit our eight-seat vans with suitable camping equipment so you can take advantage of the many, many camping areas around Hokkaido. (More information on camping spots can be found below.) While our vans are not custom-built campers, they are roomy for the more independent traveller.  The expansive double mattress (140 by 192 cm) we install over the existing folded-down seating is very comfortable! Also available are rental tents to take along with you in the Van for those stunning Hokkaido summer evenings. Sorry, our camping kits not available during winter, its just too cold to go camping in winter here! 

Equipment available for hire with the Vans include the following -   

Double mattress

• Van Curtains 

Large cutting Board

Plates X 2

Bowls X 2

Salad Bowl

Scissors

Egg Spatula  Ladle  Teal Towels 
Spoons X 2  2 X Knives  2 X Forks  2 X Cups  Paper Towels 
Sauce Pan  Tongs  Hot water kettle  Can Opener  Vegetable Peeler 
Bottle Opener  Dish Cleaning Bucket  Dish cleaner  Brush for cleaning 

Camping Table

Pillows X 2  Gas Cooker 

Cooler Box

Water Tank  Picnic Seats X 2 

All weather picnic mat

Camping Lamp

Rubbish Bags

Bug Nets for windows 

Fitted Sheet  

 

We also have an English-language Garmin GPS System for Hokkaido, including over 250 waypoints of public camp sites around Hokkaido. Or upload your own waypoints via Garmins software and Google Maps. You can insert your microSD card into our Navi units and away you go.  

Where can you camp?

Hokkaido in the summer is the Holy Grail for road touring in Japan. Japanese sometimes refer to Hokkaido as Dekaido, or The Big Road. Lush green countryside, immaculate waterways and empty country roads await you if you decide to rent our camper van or rental car and travel the island. 

Camping based out of your rental car or van entirely possible here. There are a myriad of options available for staying based out of your vehicle from immaculately kept AUTOCAMPING GROUNDS, MICHI NO EKI (well-appointed roadside rest stops) and even FREEDOM CAMPING -  the option to pull up at a deserted riverside and set up camp. Here we will take you through your three main options should you wish to rent a Van with us for you next tour of Hokkaido. 

 

Hokkaido Auto Camp Grounds 

 
 

By our last count there were over 350 campgrounds including 100 Auto Camp Grounds around Hokkaido.  At the Auto Camp Grounds you pay for a Campsite and generally you can park next to your space should you wish to pitch a tent. (We offer a camping set with our vehicles including a tent as option!) You pay for the tent site regardless if pitching a tent or not and can just stay in the Van should you wish. Prices start from FREE to around 1000 JPY per person per night (check out our map). Services included on-site are showers, restrooms, sewer, electricity, water, and so on.

Public Camp Grounds are very similar, the main difference being you may have to park at a parking lot and make your way to the campsite. Most locations supply a cart to carry your gear to your final destination. 

Some camps even have hot springs, tennis courts, dog runs, and very kid-friendly playgrounds. The campgrounds by rivers, coastline and lakes can be in stunningly beautiful spots. For example, Lake Toya has the beautiful Nakatoya Camping Ground (only 300 yen per adult) where you can camp right on the lake ñ even open fire is allowed there.

 

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Michi No Eki

 

 

 

There are over 114 Michi No Eki (Roadside Stations) Hokkaido and they can be found all over the place, though mainly on the main roads and highways. Michi No Eki are fantastic places to stop and refuel.

At a Michi No Eki you will find plenty of parking, clean toilets 24 hours and sometimes even showers. Most of the time there will be a shop or shops that offer hot Japanese-style cafe food, souvenirs and a small convenience store. Sleeping in your rental car at one of these rest stops is not counted as camping here in Japan, and as such you allowed to rest for the evening.

Great Michi No Eki Map link

 

 

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Freedom Camping 

 

 

Japan does not have general "right to access" laws like Europe, so freedom camping on public land is theoretically illegal and camping on private property obviously requires the landowner's permission.

That said, both rules are only loosely enforced here and there's a bit of a tradition of "urban camping" in Japan. Simply put, if you pitch up a tent or even sleep in your rental van in an out-of-the-way place so that you don't disturb anybody and don't make a mess, you're unlikely to be disturbed either. This is doable even on some of the beaches. Hokkaido being one of the places in Japan where wide open spaces are abundant, along with out of the way rest stops, there are places you can easily stay if you are careful and polite. Generally, if asked to move on, police will simply check your ID. (Always have your passport on you!) and move you along. Personally, we love some of the beaches here and parking the rental Van up at sunset and lighting a small fire with driftwood can be fantastic.

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